Archive for May, 2009

Busy Busy Hollands

Posted May 22, 2009 By Suzanne Holland

My children all have their own interest and talents. This is the last week of school and it has been very busy.
We have had “Fun Day” at school and dance recital dress rehearsal, “Pajama Day” at school and the last game of the season for baseball. Along with a wonderful art show that my oldest son was in (I will have pics of that in my next blog).
For now…..we have Aidan in his baseball glory. Their team did so well this year, winning every game, except the very last one. Go ahead Dash!!! Dash is his nick name. My husband is the athlete in the family and I just cheer for the cute kid. I love that Aidan is so “full speed ahead” about everything he does. He enjoys everything and is willing to try things.
Alice ….we can’t take photos or video at the actual recital, so all the moms come ready for pics the day of dress rehearsal. This is Alice’s second year of dance and so she will do two dances. She loves dance and has been so dedicated to practise every week.
The review is held at the River Center Theater for performing Arts and is a BIG deal. I am nervous for days before, during and after. But, not Alice. She thrives on getting on stage in front of hundreds and hundreds of people and doing her thing. She gets that from her dad. He was a decathlete and loved strutting around the arena in spandex in front of thousands of people. (he would have done naked if allowed).

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Mother’s Day at Afton Villa Gardens

Posted May 11, 2009 By Suzanne Holland
My husband had to work on Mother’s Day.

He has never had to do that before and we were very sad.

The day came though and we got dressed for church and

after a lovely service I treated my kids to “fast food”.

I am one of those moms who never buy fast food, so it

was a real treat and off we went to Afton Villa Gardens

for a beautiful picnic.

The original mansion burned down ages ago, but the

gardens have been restored to their original glory.

The oaks heavy ladened with Spanish moss and the

ever faithful azalea, gladdens my southern heart. My

children ran through the labyrinth with glee while I

admired the mass of day lilies that graced the outer borders.

We had our picnic in front of the most beautiful old barn

I have ever seen. All in all it was a wonderful day. But

we missed Daddy!

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The "Scoop" on Baking!

Posted May 8, 2009 By Suzanne Holland

I Love to bake and I have my ingredients stored in lovely glass containers that are both easy to get to and beautiful. The one thing that has been missing though has been the “perfect” SCOOP for my flour and sugar containers.

I finally found them. A great artisan named Jake at the ETSY shop Quite right, slick

makes beautiful hand made wooden scoops. He is very talented. I have just bought my second and third and I can’t wait to get them.

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Posted May 5, 2009 By Suzanne Holland

The Perfect Batch of Ginger Bread Dough!

Lily is my three year old who helps me everyday!

Yummy, Yummy!!!!!!!!!!
I really did catch my husband with this cookie. In fact, he has requested a batch for work this week, so I am off to the kitchen after this post.

1 cup sugar
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup unsulfered molasses
3/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp lemon extract
4-6 cups flour

note: The original recipe I received, I found was too soft to work with and I
had to keep adding flour. I use bread flour and this might be the difference. Just work with it.
I roll these out with a French rolling pin with 3/8″ bands so they are nice and FAT. I cook them at 350 degrees until firm, about 10-12 min. My husband and children love these because they are chewy and yummy! I even let them eat them for breakfast.

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